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Can You Name the NFL Team by its All-Time Leading Rusher?
By: John Miller
5 Min Quiz
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The ground game is one of the most important parts of an effective offensive attack in the NFL. So, when teams are fortunate enough to nab a stellar running back, they hold onto him. Can you match these amazing rushers to the team where they set franchise records?
Harris is one of the most iconic players of the Steelers' glory days. He ran for more than 12,000 yards in his 12-year career and was the MVP of Super Bowl IX.
Does anyone remember when L.A. didn't have a single football team? Now they have like nine NFL clubs. Tomlinson played for the Chargers, formerly of San Diego ( and now L.A.), where he ran for nearly 14,000 yards
Emmitt Smith was incredibly durable during his 15 seasons in the NFL. He was also incredibly prolific -- he holds the record for most league rushing yards ever (18,355), most of which happened during his reign with the Cowboys.
After a great college career at Ohio State, George wound up with the Titans. There, he became a key component of a powerful rushing attack, where he ran for more than 10,000 yards.
Terrell Davis was selected in the sixth round of the '95 draft and then burst onto the NFL scene as part of the Broncos squad. He ran for "only" 7,600 yards, but he made them count -- he won two Super Bowls in the process.
Jim Brown was a fullback for the Cleveland Browns, but he was much more than a football player. He was a movie star and celebrity who also happened to rush for more than 12,000 yards.
Thomas was part of the Bills team that went to four straight Super Bowls … and lost every one of them. But he ran for 12,074 yards and 65 TDs en route to NFL glory.
Edgerrin James was Rookie of the Year in 1999 as a member of a prolific Colts offense led by Peyton Manning. He had seven seasons of 1000+ yards rushing.
Allen is still one of the most revered Raiders players ever. He ran for more than 12,200 yards in his career and then played four productive seasons with the Chiefs after his glory days in L.A.
After a stellar college career at Nebraska, Green played two lackluster years in Seattle. Then he was traded to Green Bay, where he became a full-blown star. He was a four-time Pro Bowler with more than 9,000 yards rushing.
Lewis won a Super Bowl in his first year with the Ravens (2000). He rushed for more than 10,000 yards total, including 2,066 yards in 2003, the third-best single-season running performance in NFL history.
LeSean McCoy currently plays for the Bills, but his six amazing years with the Eagles means he's Philly's all-time leading rusher. He's still playing at a high level and in 2016 rushed for 1,267 yards.
In the '80s there were few running backs as strong as Gerald Riggs. In 1985, the Falcons star ran for more than 1,700 yards and scored 10 TDs. He finished his career with 8,188 rushing yards.
For five straight seasons in Seattle, Alexander ran for more than 1,000 yards, including 1,880 yards in 2005 alone … with 27 TDs to boot. He finished his career with 9,453 rushing yards.
A child abuse scandal derailed the end of Adrian Peterson's career with the Vikings, so he's now with the Saints. But he's still in good physical condition and could very well add to his nearly 12,000-yard rushing career.
Jackson was a star player for the Rams when they played in St. Louis. He scored 69 rushing TDs and ran for 11,438 yards in spite of a knee injury that he endured during his last year of college.
Jonathan Stewart is still active with the Carolina Panthers, but he's already the team's all-time leading rusher. He's run for more than 6,800 yards and scored 45 TDs and figures to pad those numbers.
Deuce McAllister was a member of the magical Saints squad that won the Super Bowl in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. During his career, he ran for nearly 6,100 yards and also chipped in 49 TDs.
John Riggins was so tough that at the age of 35 he tied for the most NFL in rushing TDs (14) that season. He's still Washington's all-time rushing leader, with 11,352 yards.
Only three RBs in history have had nine consecutive seasons with at least 200 carries, and Gore is one of them. So far, he's run for a jaw-dropping 13,256 yards in his career, most notably with San Francisco.
Detroit hasn't been the same since Sanders retired. He was one of the best players ever to don an NFL jersey, and he ran for more than 15,000 yards in his epic career as a Lion.
Walter "Sweetness" Payton ran for glory in Chicago, becoming a hero for the Bears when he helped the team win Super Bowl XX. He ran for 16,726 yards and scored a mind-blowing 110 TDs.
Arian Foster is the all-time leading rusher for Houston. He ran for more than 6,500 yards and capped off his career with a single season in Miami.
He has the best first name of any RB in NFL history, and he ran over anyone who disagreed -- Barber rushed for nearly 10,500 yards during his 9 seasons with the Giants.
Dillon was drafted by the Bengals in 1997 and became the team's all-time leading rusher, with more than 11,200 yards. He ended his career with the Patriots.
At 6'3, Sam Cunningham was a tall fullback, but he certainly didn't lack power. He ran for 5,453 yards, making him the leading Patriots rusher to date.
James Wilder suffered through some of Tampa Bay's worst years … and there were many. But he left the team as its leading rusher, with more than 6,000 yards.
Larry Csonka's signature mustache paved the way for the rest of his body during his fabulous performances with Miami. There, he won two Super Bowl titles and ultimately wound up with more than 8,000 yards rushing.
Curtis Martin had two wildly successful years with the Patriots and then took his show to the Jets. For 10 straight seasons he rushed for more than 1,000 yards, a superhuman feat that gave him more than 14,000 total yards.
From 1998 to 2008, Taylor was a solid RB for the Jaguars. He finished his stellar career just shy of 12,000 yards rushing.
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